Cypress Hills Provincial Park Centre & West Block Trails
Photo of Cypress Hill Provincial Park from: SaskHiker (2017)
Saskatchewan’s Centre and West Block portions of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park are full of natural and groomed trails designed for a variety of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Nature interpretive and non-interpretive trails are available for hikers. The trails offer unique and varied landscapes with views of everything from lakes and streams, pine forests, natural prairies and rocky terrains.
During your trek, you will likely encounter various wildlife, such as mule deer, moose, red squirrel, bobcat, elk, white-tail deer, antelopes, and over 200 bird species (wild turkey, gray catbirds and wood warblers to name a few). Cougars have been documented in the area, but there have been few sightings.
Hikers of all abilities will enjoy the trails in the Centre and West Block, and they are encouraged to visit the Bald Butte view point to experience spectacular scenery and breathtaking sunsets. The nature interpretive trails are only for hikers and feature interpretive signs about the area along the pathway. Some of the interpretive trails are Highland Rotary Trail (2 km) for beginners; Windfall Interpretive Trail (2 km); Whispering Pines Trail (2.4 km); and Native Prairie Trail (2 km). Please note that cattle will likely be seen along the Native Prairie Trail and should be avoided.
There are also several non-interpretive trails in the park that are suitable for both hikers and mountain bikers. These trails include: Moose, Twisted Tree, Lodgepole, Lynx, and Boiler Creek.
Mountain bike trails are only recommended for advanced bikers as the terrain is very challenging and difficult to navigate. The park boasts 16 km of bike trails in the West Block and 27 km in the Centre Block area. Bikes are not allowed on the nature interpretive hiking trails; they are only allowed on the non-interpretive hiking trails.
Horseback riding trails are only in the West Block area, and users are allowed to roam throughout the entire 80 square km area. Trails are available for all skill levels, and a campground is available for horses and their riders.
Snowmobilers will enjoy a 9.6 square km trail run in Centre Block. However, this area only opens when snow depths reach 12 inches so please call the Visitor Centre or Administration Office ahead of time to ensure that the area is open.
Cross country skiers will also love the Centre Block’s 27 km of trails. Here, there are 17 km of groomed trails, some of which are well-lit, but there are no warm-up shelters for users.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park also offers a number of exciting activities and points-of-interest for tourists. During your stay, check out Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery, the Hidden Conglomerate Cliffs (only accessible by hiking the West Block TCT), in the Centre Block, mini-golf, canoe and paddle boat rentals, golf, a beach, zip-line and climbing wall, brook and rainbow trout fishing, and an outdoor pool. The Centre Block also features a general store, restaurant, resort, gas station and campgrounds. Many of these services are open during the main spring and summer operating season. The resort is open year round.
Tips: watch out for and stay away from wildlife (make noise so that the animals will know that you are there), travel in groups, bring lots of water, and prepare for fluctuating weather conditions.
Note: fires and camping are not allowed on the trails. Campgrounds are available for this purpose.
There are several hiking trails located in and around the Town of East End, including the Lone Coyote, Pheasant, Roller Coaster, Flats, Riverbank and Trans Canada Trail. The Lone Coyote, Pheasant, Roller Coaster, Flats and Trans Canada trails are all suitable for walking, hiking, cycling and jogging adventures, while the Riverbank Trail is only recommended for hikers.
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Photo of Eastend Trails from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
There are several hiking trails located in and around the Town of Eastend, including the Lone Coyote, Pheasant, Roller Coaster, Flats, Riverbank and Trans Canada Trail. The Lone Coyote, Pheasant, Roller Coaster, Flats and Trans Canada trails are all suitable for walking, hiking, cycling and jogging adventures, while the Riverbank Trail is only recommended for hikers.
The Pheasant Trail is about 2 km long and features gravel terrain and a view of the local dam. The Roller Coaster Trail (approximately 3 km) is paved and wheelchair accessible. Meanwhile, Flats Trail (about 2 km) users will travel along a gravel road and highway, cross a creek and eventually end up on the east side of town.
The Riverbank Trail features two loops (one that is 2.4 km and the other that is 4.9 km long) that both start at the T-Rex Discovery Centre and wind through native prairie landscape and along the beautiful banks of the Frenchman River. This trail is recommended for intermediate to advanced hikers as it features steep hills and rough terrain. Users are also advised to wear proper shoes and bug spray and bring plenty of water to drink. During your journey, you will likely encounter a variety of animals and birds, including gophers, robins, beavers, downey woodpeckers, jackrabbits, great blue herons, deer, ring-necked pheasants, mink, spotted sandpipers and coyotes. This trail is marked by yellow stakes, and users are encouraged to stay off the trail in the winter or after it has rained as the conditions can become quite dangerous.
Finally, Eastend’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail begins at Redcoat Drive East, heading north around the town’s limits to the banks of the Frenchman River, and finishing off at the town’s east side.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact the Town of East End to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: roughly 18 km
Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, in some areas
Activities: hiking, walking, cycling, jogging, bird watching
Surface: natural terrain, some steep hills, gravel, pavement
Amenities (trails): lookout point, trail markers
Amenities (town): T-Rex Discovery Centre, Wilkinson Memorial Observatory, restaurants, accommodations, grocery store, service station, swimming pool, playground, 9-hole golf course
Closest Community: Eastend
Contact Info: Town of East End, email email@example.com or visit www.townofeastend.com
Moose Jaw – Trans Canada Trails
Photo of MooseJaw Trans Canada Trails from: Tousim Sasaktchewan (2017)
The Moose Jaw portion of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connects to the City of Moose Jaw’s Rotary Trails system. The Moose Jaw TCT is 11 km long and is designed to be a multi-purpose, year-round trail that runs both in and outside of the city limits. The marked trail extends from the entrance of 15 Wing Moose Jaw down to the southeast portion of the city. Visitors to the trail will enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and Moose Jaw River, as well as grassland and wooded areas. The trail is appropriate for hiking, walking, cycling, jogging, and cross-country skiing. Horseback riding is also allowed on the portion of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) that is outside of the city limits.
After enjoying the sights and sounds of the trail, stay and enjoy the many tourism attractions the City of Moose Jaw has to offer, including the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, the Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex, Casino Moose Jaw, golf courses and a variety of shops, restaurants and accommodations.
DISCLAIMER: The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact the Moose Jaw Trans Canada Trail to confirm the current state of the trail.
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park Trails
Photo of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park from: Tourism Saskatchwan (2017)
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park features several challenging hiking trails, beginner and intermediate level cycling roads, interesting canoe and kayak routes, and plenty of space for horseback riding adventures.
Hiking only trails include the Brunyee Ridge Hike and the Coulee Trail, both of which offer views of breathtaking scenery; however, the Brunyee Ridge Hike is designed for advanced hikers as this trail features very steep sections and rugged inclines.
The park is also home to two interpretive, intermediate level trails – the Rings, Ruts and Remnants Trail (2.5 km) and the Ridges and Ravines Interpretive Trail (1.2 km). Horses and hikers are allowed on the Rings, Ruts and Remnants Trail, which details the history of the area’s Métis and Aboriginal peoples, European settlers, government surveyors and the North West Mounted Policemen who patrolled the region. Along the trail, you will discover old homesteads, teepee rings, survey markers, rock cairns and gravesites, making this a great trail to discover the past while exploring the beauty of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. Meanwhile, the Ridges and Ravine hiking trail will allow visitors to learn more about the park’s geological history by investigating 500 million year old fossils and viewing spectacular ridges, ravines and rare flora species.
Bird watchers will enjoy exploring the trails network as the park is home to several birds on the rare or endangered species list, including ferruginous hawks, piping plovers, prairie falcons, burrowing owls, golden eagles and loggerhead shrikes. Visitors to the park are also likely to encounter antelope, mule deer and bobcats that are popular in the area.
Cyclists are only permitted on the park’s roadway system; however, they will still be treated to a variety of landscapes, including well-treed areas, native prairie terrain, ravines, and large hills. Meanwhile, canoe and kayak enthusiasts will love exploring the shores of Lake Diefenbaker.
Note: snowmobiles are not allowed in the Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park; however, they are permitted on Lake Diefenbaker.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: over 5 km
Difficulty: Beginner to advanced
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, in some areas/some activities
Activities: Hiking, bird watching, cycling, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking
Surface: Natural terrain, roadways
Amenities (trails): Lookout points, interpretive signs
Amenities (park): Boat launches, beach, marina, fishing, parking, washrooms, showers, change rooms, picnic sites, mini-golf, 18-hole golf course, geocaching, swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing boat, kayak and pedal boat rentals, a convenience store, campgrounds, equestrian campground, accommodations, restaurants
Location: Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
Closest Communities: Kyle, Stewart Valley, Swift Current
Contact Info: Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, call (306) 375-5525, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.saskparks.net